Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History

By Robert Hughes

From Robert Hughes, one of many maximum artwork and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, finished, and deeply own historical past of Rome—as a urban, as an empire, and as an foundation of Western paintings and civilization.
 
beginning on a private observe, Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry twenty-one-year-old clean from Australia in 1959. From there, he is going again greater than thousand years to the city’s origin, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that may tell Rome’s improvement for hundreds of years. He explores in wealthy aspect the formation of empire, the increase of early Christianity, the Crusades, the Renaissance, and takes us as much as the current, during the upward push and fall of Mussolini’s fascism. equivalent elements idolizing, blasphemous, outraged, and awestruck, Rome is a portrait of the everlasting urban as simply Robert Hughes may paint it.

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Fodor's Italy 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor’s correspondents spotlight the easiest of Italy, together with Rome’s artwork and structure, Tuscany’s wonderful hill cities, and the Amalfi Coast’s wonderful perspectives. Our neighborhood specialists vet each advice to make sure you utilize a while, even if it’s your first journey or your fifth.
MUST-SEE points of interest from Venice to Positano
ideal inns for each price range
most sensible eating places to fulfill a variety of tastes
beautiful good points on Italian artwork, meals, and wine
necessary tips about while to head and how one can save
INSIDER point of view from neighborhood experts
colour images AND MAPS to encourage and advisor your journey

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Blood and Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel

By Sarah Dunant

NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by means of KIRKUS REVIEWS

The New York Times bestselling writer of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels—The delivery of Venus, within the corporation of the Courtesan, and Sacred Hearts—has a great expertise for respiring lifestyles into heritage. Now Sarah Dunant turns her discerning eye to 1 of the world’s such a lot interesting and notorious families—the Borgias—in an engrossing paintings of literary fiction.
 
by means of the tip of the 15th century, the wonder and creativity of Italy is matched by means of its brutality and corruption, nowhere greater than in Rome and contained in the Church. while Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his approach into the papacy as Alexander VI, he's outlined not only through his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate childrens, yet via his blood: he's a Spanish Pope in a urban run by way of Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate baby-kisser with an incredible urge for food for all times, ladies, and tool needs to use papacy and family—in specific, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.
 
Cesare, with a dazzlingly chilly intelligence and a fair chillier soul, is his greatest—though more and more unstable—weapon. Later immortalized in Machiavelli’s The Prince, he presents the power and the muscle. Lucrezia, loved by way of either males, is the leading dynastic software. Twelve years previous while the unconventional opens, hers is a trip via 3 marriages, and from infantile innocence to painful adventure, from pawn to political player.
 
Stripping away the myths round the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is an imposing novel that breathes existence into this miraculous family members and celebrates the uncooked energy of heritage itself: compelling, advanced and relentless.

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“Dunant transforms the blackhearted Borgias and the conniving courtiers and cardinals of Renaissance Europe into totally rounded characters, brimming with existence and lust.”
—The long island occasions ebook Review
 
“Like Hilary Mantel along with her Cromwell trilogy, [Sarah] Dunant has scaled new heights by way of refashioning mythic figures in accordance with modern literary style. This intellectually gratifying ancient saga, which bargains blood and sweetness definitely, yet brains too, is definitely the simplest factor she has performed to date.”
—The Miami Herald
 
“Compelling lady avid gamers were a attribute of Dunant’s past novels, and this new providing is not any exception. . . . The participants of this close-knit relatives grow to be dynamic characters, unsuitable yet sympathetic, packed with worry and longing.”
—The Seattle Times
 
“Dazzling . . . a triumph on an epic scale . . . full of wealthy element and page-turning drama.”
BookPage
 
“The Machiavellian atmosphere—hedonism, lust, political intrigue—is magnetic. . . . Readers won’t wish the period of Borgia rule to end.”
People (four stars)

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Italy Travel Guide (Lonely Planet)

By Alison Bing, Duncan Garwood, Gregor Clark, Robert Landon, Paula Hardy, Abigail Blasi, Cristian Bonetto, Kerry Christiani, Joe Fu

Lonely Planet's no 1 promoting ecu state guide!
Visitors to Italy are bombarded through attractions, scenes and flavors – palaces and museums overflowing with artwork, Renaissance gardens, connoisseur meals markets. Come benefit from the vita bella (beautiful life).

This full-color consultant with 3D illustrations of significant highlights and insightful good points on seasonal and local nutrients and outside actions is vital for these eager to see the easiest Italy has to offer!
<UL>* 15 authors, thirteen volcanoes, 7600km of beach and 1000s of Renaissance masterpieces
* Inspirational pictures, pull-out urban map, 3D plans of iconic points of interest, accomplished making plans instruments, specific devour & Drink Like an area function and in-depth background
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Paradise of Cities: Venice in the 19th Century

By John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich's A historical past of Venice has been dubbed "indispensable" via none except Jan Morris. Now, in his moment ebook at the urban as soon as often called l. a. Serenissima, Norwich advances the tale during this based chronicle of 100 years of Venice's highs and lows, from its ignominious seize via Napoleon in 1797 to the sunrise of the twentieth century.

An compulsory cease at the Grand travel for any cultured Englishman (and, later, Americans), Venice limped into the nineteenth century--first below the yoke of France, then as an outpost of the Austrian Hapsburgs, stripped of riches but indelibly the main ravishing urban in Italy. even if subsumed right into a unified Italy in 1866, it remained a magnet for aesthetes of all stripes--subject or environment of books via Ruskin and James, a muse to poets and musicians, in its approach the main gracious courtesan of all eu towns. by way of refracting photos of Venice throughout the visits of such extravagant (and occasionally debauched) artists as Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, and the inimitable Baron Corvo, Norwich conjures visions of paradise on a lagoon, as enduring as brick and as elusive because the tides.

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Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches

Usually overshadowed by means of the towns of Florence and Rome in art-historical literature, this quantity argues for the significance of Naples as a creative and cultural centre, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of inventive adventure in the urban.

  • Generously illustrated with a few illustrations particularly commissioned for this book
  • Questions the normal definitions of 'cultural centres' that have ended in the overlook of Naples as a centre of creative importance
  • A major addition to the English-language scholarship on artwork in Naples

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Numbers in the Dark

“Everybody phones every body at each attainable second, and no-one can converse to anyone . . . Distance has been the warp that helps the weft of each love story.” — from Numbers within the Dark
 
Written among 1943 and 1984, the tales in Numbers within the Dark span the occupation of 1 of fiction’s smooth masters: from Italo Calvino’s earliest fables, to stories expert through lifestyles in international battle II–era Italy, to the pleasant experimentation that might outline his later paintings. listed here are speculative stories on lifestyles within the electronic age, genre-bending wonders, and “impossible interviews” with the likes of Montezuma and a Neanderthal. Deftly translated via Tim Parks, Numbers within the Dark exhibits off Calvino’s lifelong present for sophisticated humor and shimmering philosophical insight.
 
Numbers within the Dark is an excellent grab-bag . . . [with] adequate gem stones from each part in Calvino’s profession to make it believe indispensable.” — Seattle Times

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The Cognoscenti's Guide to Florence: Shop and Eat like a Florentine

By Lise Apatoff

Store and consume like a Florentine with this pocket-sized consultant to the easiest of the brilliant Tuscan urban recognized for its paintings, tradition, and delicacies. Celebrated image dressmaker and self-described Italophile Louise Fili, with gourmet of all issues Lisa Apatoff, takes you on 8 walks via Florence, discussing greater than seventy of the city's so much appealing shops—some run via a similar households for generations, others supplying younger marketers' clean interpretations of conventional techniques.

Discerning tourists will observe infrequent books and captivating hats; classic Pucci and home made sneakers; cioccolata da bere (drinkable chocolate); colourful buttons; and bolts of wealthy silk textile during this spell binding advent to makers and purveyors of garments, domestic decor, add-ons, distinctiveness meals, and lots more and plenty extra. for every store, there's a full-color photograph, description of specialties, and data on position and hours of operation.

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